Why Music Matters
Access to musical instruments and instruction isn’t a luxury – it’s a vital part of the well-rounded, vibrant education every child deserves.
Music fosters self-expression and self‑discovery in young people, creates community and drives positive social change.
- Enhances fine motor skills
- Prepares the brain for achievement
- Fosters superior working memory
- Cultivates better thinking skills
- Improves recall and retention of verbal information
- Advances math achievement
- Boosts reading and English Language Arts (ELA) skills
- Improves average SAT scores
- Sharpens student attentiveness
- Strengthens perseverance
- Equips students to be creative
- Supports better study habits and self-esteem
Credit: Arts Education Partnership, Music Matters: How Music Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve and Succeed, Washington, D.C., September 2011.
About Arts Education Partnership (AEP):
AEP is a national network of organizations dedicated to advancing the arts in education through research, policy and practice. A center within Denver-based Education Commission of the States, AEP is established through a cooperative agreement between the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education. AEP’s vison is that every student in America succeeds in school, work and life as a result of a high-quality education in and through the arts. www.aep-arts.org